Institute for Anarchist Studies

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Institute for Anarchist Studies
Motto "Promoting critical scholarship exploring social domination and reconstructive visions of a free society"
Formation 1996
Type nonprofit foundation

The Institute for Anarchist Studies (IAS) is a non-profit organization founded by Chuck W. Morse in 1996, following the anarchist-communist school of thought, to assist anarchist writers and further develop the theoretical aspects of the anarchist movement. It has given grants to over 40 writers, including to Lorenzo Komboa Ervin, Peter Lamborn Wilson, Murray Bookchin and Saul Newman.

Projects the institute has assisted in the past include the Latin American Archives Project, a multilingual online database of works by Latin American anarchists, and the Renewing the Anarchist Tradition conferences, which were open talks and discussions on aspects of the anarchist movement.

Current projects include the Anarchist Interventions book series, developed in collaboration with AK Press; the Lexicon pamphlet series, developed as definitional starting points for key terminology used in movement building and organizing; the Mutual Aid Speakers Bureau, which books anarchist thinkers for speaking events; Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, the house journal of the IAS; and the ongoing grant program.

Anarchist Interventions Series

Current titles in the series include:

·Anarchism and Its Aspirations, Cindy Milstein (2010).

·Oppose and Propose! Lessons from Movement for a New Society, Andy Cornell (2011).

·Decolonizing Anarchism, Maia Ramnath (2011).

·Imperiled Life: Revolution Against Climate Catastrophe, Javier Sethness-Castro (2012).

·Undoing Border Imperialism, Harsha Walia (2013).

·Anarchists Against the Wall: Direct Action and Solidarity with the Palestinian Popular Struggle, Uri Gordon & Ohal Grietzer, eds. (2013).

Lexicon Pamphlets

Current essays available for download include:

·“Anarchism,” Cindy Milstein.

·“White Supremacy,” Joel Olson.

·“Colonialism,” Maia Ramnath.

·“Gender,” Jamie Heckert.

·“Power,” Todd May.

Perspectives on Anarchist Theory

Perspectives is published annually in cooperation with the Justseeds Artists' Cooperative and printed by Eberhardt Press.[1] Each issue is developed around a theme, and offers analysis on various aspects of anarchist theory, in addition to anarchist perspectives on world events, interviews, and book reviews.[2][3] Recent themes include Climate Change, Building a Movement, Care, Strategy, and Justice. In 2004, The New Formulation: An Anti-Authoritarian Review of Books merged with Perspectives on Anarchist Theory.


  1. Biddle, Erika (2007). Constituent Imagination. Stirling: AK Press. p. 343. ISBN 1-904859-35-6.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Ackelsberg, Martha (2005). Free Women of Spain. Stirling: AK Press. p. 18. ISBN 978-1-902593-96-8. …anarchist publications such as Fifth Estate, Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, Social Anarchism and others continue to offer important commentary on and critique of contemporary politics and culture<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Porter, David (2006). Vision on Fire. Stirling: AK Press. p. 320. ISBN 978-1-904859-57-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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